Impact Wrestling continued celebrating the year that was with part two of the best of 2023 episode. Part one handed out awards, as voted on by the fans, for Knockout of the Year, Male Tag Team of the Year, Knockouts Tag Team of the Year, and One to Watch in 2024. This week the honors went to Match of the Year, Moment of the Year, Male Wrestler of the Year, and X-Division Star of the Year.
Match of the Year was earned by Will Ospreay versus “Speedball” Mike Bailey.
This match at Bound For Glory marked Ospreay’s official return to Impact. They tore the house down with immediate praise as contender for best match of the year. Here is a glimpse of the action.
Ospreay was victorious in the end via Storm Breaker. Enjoy the closing sequence.
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Alex Shelley won Male Wrestler of the Year.
Shelley claimed the Impact World Championship for the first time in his career. He has carried the gold for 203 days and counting. After dethroning Steve Maclin, the Motor City Machine Gun fought off challenges from Nick Aldis, Brian Myers, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Josh Alexander, and Jonathan Gresham.
Bailey double-dipped into the pool of victory by also winning X-Division Star of the Year.
Despite current X-Division champion Chris Sabin winning the belt for the ninth and tenth time, the award went to Bailey. Speedball was honored for his overall body of work putting on consistently great matches throughout 2023. Bailey repeated the success from last year as back-to-back winner for both the X-Division Star and Match of the Year (against Josh Alexander).
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